Tim Huelskamp

Is Trump Capable of Picking Primary Fights With Incumbents?
Threats could embolden House hard-liners, Republicans say

President Donald Trump has tweeted about challenging members of the House Freedom Caucus, led by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There are primary threats, and then there are primaries.

President Donald Trump’s tweets last week calling for House Freedom Caucus members to be challenged have left the political class scratching its head and pondering alliances that defy conventional logic.

Freedom Caucus Isn’t Backing Down After Trump Threat
Conservatives say they’re up for any challenge from the right

House Freedom Caucus member Trent Franks said if President Donald Trump wanted to find someone to challenge him from the right in 2018, he was welcome to try. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

If President Donald Trump’s intention was to intimidate House Freedom Caucus members with his assertion on Twitter that “we must fight them” in 2018, it didn’t work.

“If somebody can get to the right of me in the primary, God bless him,” Freedom Caucus member Trent Franks said.

House Freshmen to Watch
115th Congress provides a platform for ambitious new members

Kihuen, left, comes to Congress with a record of success in Nevada, and the blessing of former Sen. Harry Reid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Not all freshmen are created equal.

While there is always a learning curve for new members of the House, some of the newly elected come to the institution with an enhanced profile. This could be because they are former statewide officeholders, or perhaps scored a big one for the team by knocking off a longtime incumbent. Maybe they are natural leaders or their ambitions are such that they are already looking at other federal offices. 

Freshmen Backed by Freedom Caucus Aren’t Committing to Joining
Caucus leaders expect some non-freshmen to help replenish their ranks

The political arm of the House Freedom Caucus backed Indiana Republican Jim Banks, but he has not yet decided to join the caucus if invited. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Freedom Caucus is currently down seven members from the 114th Congress — and possibly two more.

South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney is awaiting confirmation as President-elect Donald Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

GOP Opposition to Trump Could Spark 2018 Primary Challenges
Conservative Trump supporters have already targeted Martha Roby and Jeff Flake

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby won her safe GOP seat by just 9 points in large part because of a write-in campaign inspired by her opposition to Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby was projected to easily win a fourth term in her safe Republican district Tuesday. She did win — and comfortably. Just not by Alabama standards. 

Roby carried less than 50 percent of the vote in the state’s 2nd District, defeating Democratic state Rep. Nathan Mathis by just 9 points. All the other Republican members of the Alabama delegation either won their districts by more than 30 points or ran uncontested. Both Sen. Richard C. Shelby and President-elect Donald Trump carried the state by nearly 30 points. 

Word on the Hill: Showing Some Love at the White House
Veterans Day and Movember

Washingtonians are taking the White House on Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Happy Veterans Day!

There’s a candlelight vigil at the White House on Saturday to show some love.

Huelskamp Forces House to Go on Record
Kansas Republican requests roll calls on 19 bills instead of voice votes

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., slowed down House leadership's efforts to expedite action on noncontroversial bills. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House on Tuesday could have approved nearly three dozen mostly noncontroversial bills by voice vote, but Rep. Tim Huelskamp was not going to let that happen.

The Kansas Republican sat on the floor for hours Tuesday afternoon and evening to request roll call votes on 19 of 34 scheduled suspension bills. He is considering doing the same for the six on the suspension calendar for Wednesday.

Your Boss Lost the Primary, Now What?
Most say they wouldn't wait for their last payday before bolting for another job

North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, left, lost her primary in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With primary season essentially over, some offices full of Capitol Hill staffers know they won’t have jobs after January.

If your boss lost his or her primary, your paycheck ends on Jan. 2, 2017.

Bipartisan Majority Could Have Stopped House IRS Impeachment Vote
Many in GOP said to have lingering concerns about process

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent said there enough Republicans to join Democrats in tabling the resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Weeks of Republican infighting over whether the House should move to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen could have ended last Thursday with a vote to table the impeachment resolution. 

"We had more than enough votes, more than sufficient votes to table the motion," Rep. Charlie Dent said in an interview.